Biomedical Writing?

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Posted on 05 Feb 2013 14:50

My current major is Biomedical Engineering. I was told last semester by my Engineering Design professor that in the engineering field, writing is not important at all. But I've come to realize he was sadly mistaken. From my understanding, biomedical engineering requires an in depth knowledge of writing correctly because the jargon used by biomedical engineers is much, much different than that of any other field. I think working like an engineer requires a great deal of thinking outside the box, and in depth analysis. It requires not only technical knowledge, but the ability to report that knowledge down, and that is where the importance of writing comes in.
I think I'll be good at technical writing for biomedical engineering because from my understanding, technical writing is very straightforward and I am good at being concise and getting to the point. I just need to work on the progression of my writing, and learn the format and such of the technical writing.

Thinking like an engineer requires a vast set of skills and a unique mindset. According to Matt Gemmel (taken from http://mattgemmell.com/2010/03/09/engineer-thinking/), he states that engineering is all about tolerance and precision. I agree with this statement because lets just say I have an idea to design some new and improved MRI machine. I have it all laid out in my head, and now I just have to implement it on paper and eventually construct it. This is going to take a great deal of patience and tolerance. I have to be extremely precise with everything I do, so I don't keep screwing up. Moreover, once I do have the tolerance and patience to complete my design and building, I must have the precision to replicate it perfectly. And how will an Engineer do so? By learning the proper way to write like an engineer. By learning the lingo and jargon of an engineer, I would be able to create specific directions and instructions to precisely replicate my new design. It would have to be very well written and properly written in order to be able to keep reproducing perfect products. I would also have to explain to the consumer the purpose of this product, and how to operate and install it correctly. Overall, I'd need to ensure that I properly explain the mechanics of my new design, and the purpose of it.

I have spoken to a close and personal friend of mine, who is actually my role model. He graduated from Cooper Union a few years ago with a mechanical engineering degree, but he got a job at one of the top firms as an electric engineer. He is very bright, and I have asked him about the importance of writing in his field. He told me that he actually spends a good portion of his job writing reports, and that learning to write like an engineer is one of the most useful things I'll learn in my studies as a biomedical engineer.

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